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Osborne announces plans to boost North Sea oil and gas production
3 Dec 2014 at 10:22am
George Osborne has set out a series of measures designed to boost investment and production in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Osborne: deficit is not falling as fast as hoped
3 Dec 2014 at 7:04am
George Osborne appealed for voters to let him "finish the job" of overhauling the economy today as he admitted the deficit was not falling as fast as hoped.

Cameron: Labour are completely hopeless and unelectable
3 Dec 2014 at 6:41am
David Cameron derided the Labour Party as "completely hopeless and unelectable" as he was accused of breaking a string of promises on the economy, immigration and the NHS.

Treasury Chief Secretary Alexander: smallish cuts to come
2 Dec 2014 at 9:33am
The UK must "stay the course" on efforts to reduce the deficit but up to three-quarters of the austerity measures necessary have already been set out, Danny Alexander has claimed.

Tributes abound as Brown confirms he'll stand down as MP
1 Dec 2014 at 5:50am
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has confirmed he is standing down as an MP and ruled out becoming a Labour peer.

Johnson offered frontline Labour role
30 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
ALAN Johnson has disclosed that he was sounded out by Ed Miliband about a possible return to Labour's top team.

Osborne's tax break to shore up North Sea oil industry
30 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
NORTH Sea oil and gas companies are to receive a tax boost from the Treasury this week in a major boon to the multibillion-pound industry.

Cameron immigration threat leads to dispute on EU future
28 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron suggested he could back calls for the UK to leave the European Union yesterday as he unveiled plans to bar EU workers from receiving benefits or council housing for four years.

Cameron's immigration speech held up by alarm
28 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron was forced to pause his long-awaited speech on immigration after he was drowned out by an alarm at the factory where he had chosen to make the announcement.

Paxman: I would not be London mayor for all the eclairs in Paris
28 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
Former Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has admitted he was approached about standing as Conservative candidate for the mayor of London but said he would not do the job for "all the eclairs in Paris".

Evel: backlash after Cameron moves to ban Scottish MPs voting on English inco...
27 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron is facing an angry backlash following suggestions he wants to use Scotland's proposed new powers to ban Scottish MPs voting on income tax.

Cameron to unveil immigration crackdown amid failure to curb arrivals to UK
27 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron will today set out his long-awaited proposals for a crackdown on immigration as the Conservatives attempt to outflank Ukip.

Jon Cruddas: the British state is no longer fit for purpose
27 Nov 2014 at 10:33am
The British state is no longer fit for purpose and political parties are "in danger of being past their sell-by date", Labour's policy review chief has said.

Carmichael: home rule for all part of UK can be achieved following historic d...
27 Nov 2014 at 6:01am
Home rule for all parts of the United Kingdom can be achieved following the "historic" devolution proposals for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael has said.

Labour must not vacate the centre ground, warns Blair
26 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
Tony Blair has warned of the dangers of leaving the political centre ground, in comments the Conservatives seized on as a veiled criticism of Ed Miliband.


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Scotsman

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Iain Gray: Smith Agreement is no piecemeal package
3 Dec 2014 at 2:14pm

THE evening of the Smith Agreement found me sitting in a BBC studio with four of my fellow commissioners.



?Slow progress? of Inverness prison criticised
3 Dec 2014 at 1:27pm

THE Scottish Government is being criticised for its “slow progress” on a new Inverness prison to replace the current outdated jail, with claims the costs have increased by more than £20 million in five years.



Aberdeen hospital leadership and staffing slammed
3 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm

SERIOUS problems around staffing levels and leadership at a major hospital are unacceptable and will be resolved, the Health Secretary has told MSPs.



Snap elections in Sweden as budget plan rejected
3 Dec 2014 at 10:54am

SWEDEN’s prime minister is to call snap elections after Parliament rejected his left-leaning government’s budget proposal.



Osborne eyes middle class vote with tax measures
3 Dec 2014 at 10:50am

GEORGE Osborne made a pitch for the middle class vote as he took 138,000 people out of paying the higher tax rate of 40p.



Holyrood set for £213m in Barnett consequentials
3 Dec 2014 at 9:52am

THE Scottish Government will receive additional spending of £213 million in Barnett consequentials because of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, the Scotland Office has claimed.



Stamp Duty revamp blow to SNP property tax reforms
3 Dec 2014 at 9:51am

THE UK government dealt a blow to the SNP’s property tax reforms today when Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a major overhaul of Stamp Duty which will offer savings to average home purchasers UK-wide.



Autumn Statement: Scrapped u12s air tax cheered
3 Dec 2014 at 9:29am

AIRLINES today welcomed the abolition of air passenger duty (APD) for children under 12 but said the move from 1 May would cause “significant practical difficulties” because of families who had already booked flights.



Ukip are adamant ?World Aids Day? account was fake
3 Dec 2014 at 8:26am

UKIP has said a Twitter account posting messages about candidates in Cheltenham and which claimed World Aids Day was a reminder to tighten UK borders was a fake and had nothing to do with the party.



Israel votes to dissolve parliament
3 Dec 2014 at 8:02am

ISRAELI LAWMAKERS have voted to dissolve the Knesset, a preliminary step that will pave the way for early elections two years ahead of schedule.



Boris Johnson becomes ?mile-high crimefighter?
3 Dec 2014 at 7:46am

LONDON MAYOR Boris Johnson turned into a mile-high crimefighter when he tried to calm a disruptive passenger on a flight to England.



Reduced drink-drive limit ?will save lives?
3 Dec 2014 at 7:23am

SCOTLAND WILL lead the way in the UK when the reduced drink-driving limit comes in at the end of this week, the Justice Secretary has said.



Westminster declines helicopter safety inquiry
3 Dec 2014 at 6:38am

THE UK Government has come under fire after rejecting a call for an independent study into North Sea helicopter safety.



Dunblane parent welcomes airgun licence plans
3 Dec 2014 at 6:00am

DUNBLANE parent Mick North says new plans to licence airguns in Scotland will lead to a cut in the number of attacks and weapons on the streets.



£25m Holyrood pledge to create affordable housing
3 Dec 2014 at 5:40am

SCOTTISH Government plans to invest £25 million in charitable bonds could help create hundreds of affordable new homes.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

Votes of confidence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Dec 2014 at 10:19am
Alert readers will already be aware that we’re not the biggest fans of prospective Scottish Labour deputy “leader” Kezia Dugdale. Even this site, however, doesn’t think the Lothian list MSP is so inept and slow-witted that she could single-handedly be held responsible for the party losing the next two general elections. Some of her comrades, […]

The lie and the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Dec 2014 at 8:30am
The Daily Record, 27 November 2014: So, IS the Scottish Government budget going to “nearly double”? The Chancellor’s autumn budget statement, 3 December 2014: If you can’t quite make that out: “A deduction will be applied to the block grant to reflect the Scottish Government’s tax powers. As a result, the importance of the Barnett […]

Souls in the system
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Dec 2014 at 6:59am
We’ve been watching in some bafflement the continuation of this bizarre non-story from yesterday. (For which, incidentally, the P&J has published a correction today.) As one in five Scottish children live in poverty and temperatures fall at the beginning of winter with many families facing the choice between heating their homes or buying food, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader […]

A less permanent permanence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Dec 2014 at 4:13am
“We are agreed that the Scottish Parliament is permanent”: “Just kidding!”

World speed-reading record broken again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2014 at 12:00pm
We didn’t think we’d ever encounter a greater feat of rapid comprehension than Alistair Darling digesting and analysing the entire 670-page White Paper on independence in under two hours back in 2013, readers. But we’re delighted to reveal a new champion. The Smith Commission began its work on 22 October this year, and concluded its deliberations on 26 […]

Matters of life and death
by Douglas Daniel
2 Dec 2014 at 9:04am
Of all the powers that Labour were reportedly responsible for keeping reserved to Westminster, abortion law is perhaps the most revealing about Labour’s true attitude towards Scotland and devolution during the Smith Commission’s deliberations. It’s one of a handful of issues, including embryology, xenotransplantation (that’s transplanting a cell or organ from one species to another) […]

A letter to the editor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Dec 2014 at 4:34am
…of the Press & Journal. Reference: ‘Nicola Sturgeon called to distance herself from Wings over Scotland website‘ Dear Mr Bates, In a little over three years of monitoring the Scottish media, I’ve ceased to be surprised by the publishing of blatant mistruths, nor by the inadequate journalistic standards that see people made the victim of […]

The unwilling accomplices
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2014 at 1:05pm
As we’re talking about surveys, opinion polls and statistics today, it seemed worth mentioning another one that’s come to our attention. Conducted earlier in the year by YouGov but only released today, it’s a vast poll done on behalf of the Co-operative and canvassed over 180,000 people, most of them through the Co-op’s own website. […]

The ultimate irony
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2014 at 8:12am
We’ve long known that Labour’s attachment to the Union was founded on the belief – though a statistically erroneous one – that it couldn’t form a secure UK government without the block of MPs (currently 40) that it sends to Westminster from Scotland. But a fascinating article from YouGov president Peter Kellner on the YG website today suggests that […]

The conclusion not arrived at
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2014 at 4:35am
There’s a curious column in today’s Scottish Sun on the subject of the Smith Commission. We’re going to have to quote quite a large chunk of it to make our point. “Has everybody forgotten that, just 18 months ago Johann Lamont came up with a plan to give Scotland complete control of income tax? When […]


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BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


Scottish NHS in £125m funding boost
3 Dec 2014 at 10:52am
Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirms that an extra £125m announced in the Chancellor's autumn statement will be spent on the Scottish NHS.


Report burn councillors suspended
3 Dec 2014 at 2:43pm
A group of SNP councillors involved in burning a copy of the report on strengthening the Scottish Parliament's powers are suspended from the party.


Fund 'to provide affordable housing'
3 Dec 2014 at 5:32am
The Scottish government unveils plans to tackle the "chronic shortage" of affordable housing through charity grants.


Holyrood cleaners to get Living Wage
3 Dec 2014 at 3:57am
Cleaning and catering staff at the Scottish Parliament will be guaranteed the Living Wage of £7.85 from 1 January.


Jobs threatened at wave energy firm
3 Dec 2014 at 9:14am
Scotland's renewables industry is dealt a fresh blow following news that wave energy firm Aquamarine Power is to "downsize".


Plan to restrict land ownership
2 Dec 2014 at 1:01pm
Companies would not be allowed to own land in Scotland unless they are registered within the European Union, under government plans.


Politicians argue over Scottish 'vow'
2 Dec 2014 at 11:32am
Politicians at Holyrood argue whether the pre-referendum "vow" pledging more powers for Scotland has been met.


Health boards spend £82m on locums
2 Dec 2014 at 5:31am
The NHS in Scotland spent a record £82m on locum doctors last year, an increase of £18m on the previous year, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.


Smith dropped 'unworkable' proposals
2 Dec 2014 at 5:44am
The head of the Smith Commission which recommended new powers for Scotland tells MSPs some proposals did not make it into the final report.


Child homeless levels 'unacceptable'
2 Dec 2014 at 9:35am
Housing charity Shelter says more than 4,000 children will be homeless in Scotland over Christmas.


Gordon Brown to stand down as MP
2 Dec 2014 at 3:13am
Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown rules out becoming a Labour peer, as he announces he is to stand down as an MP after 32 years.


Plan to cut voting age for 2016 poll
1 Dec 2014 at 10:01am
Holyrood could be given control of its own elections in time to give 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
3 Dec 2014 at 11:07am
Health Secretary Shona Robison gives a ministerial statement on NHS Grampian.


AUDIO: Sturgeon makes fairer society plea
1 Dec 2014 at 3:47am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell business leaders that she wants to work with them to make Scotland a fairer and "better country".


VIDEO: Scotland 'is moving forward' on devolution
30 Nov 2014 at 9:18am
Lord Smith says the commission report on more powers for the Scottish Parliament is moving Scotland forward.


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Newsnet Scotland

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'Austerity has failed' - SNP
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Dec 2014 at 9:49am

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

George Osborne's Autumn Statement demonstrates that the UK Government's austerity measures have failed since 2014, according to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie MP.

After the election in 2010 the Tories promised that debt would begin to fall as a share of GDP by 2014/15: that the current account should be in balance by 2015/16 and that public sector net borrowing would fall to £20 billion in the same year.



The demonisation of political protest
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Dec 2014 at 2:52am

By GA Ponsonby

Three SNP councillors are in the news today after they filmed themselves symbolically burning a copy of the Smith Commission report.

The councillors said they were expressing their frustration and anger that pledges of more powers given by the three pro-Union parties prior to the independence referendum were not reflected in the commission?s recommendations.



A trip to Fantasy Island with the Telegraph's man in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2014 at 4:51pm

Review by Thomas Connolly

 

Gordon Brown's departure from Westminster politics -- strung out like one of his many pre-Budget off the record briefings -- was finally confirmed today, amidst media coverage akin to the death of a minor Royal and the familiar crocodile tributes from his peers.

 

The news -- for reasons unknown spun out for more than a week that just happened to coincide with the publication of the hollow conclusions of the Smith Commission -- followed the publication of a remarkable referendum memoir from one of the Yes campaign's most outspoken critics, the gutteral Telegraph hack Alan Cochrane.



Sturgeon spells out economic priorities
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2014 at 11:08am

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today placed the strengthening of the Scottish economy at the heart of the Cabinet?s agenda at a speech before business leaders.

 

The Scottish Government?s Programme for Government, set out last week,  included a promise to extend the Small Business Bonus Scheme for the lifetime of the next parliament if the SNP is re-elected. This year Scottish Government rates relief will help two out of every five business properties to the tune of £600 million.

Plans to establish a Scottish Development Bank to support high growth firms were also announced, along with funds to support the building sector by adding £30 million to the £100 million already allocated to the Help to Buy scheme.



A Big Boy Did It ?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Nov 2014 at 5:55pm

Commentary By GA Ponsonby

The National is set for an indefinite print run.  The first daily newspaper to back independence for Scotland sold well during its five day trial.

Newsquest, the company that owns the Herald and the Sunday Herald, hopes to reap the obvious business reward that was awaiting the first publisher to create a product that the 1.6 million Yes voters would support.



All hail the Stupid Party
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Nov 2014 at 12:31pm

By Derek Bateman


The chorus of whines is alive in the shires of England, and in Scotland the sound of deflating bagpipes can be heard. If the drones could fashion a dirge it would be Smith?s Retreat from Devo Max.


God, but it?s embarrassing for old Scotland to have such a gang of spivs and chancers picking over her entrails to see what?s worth keeping and what can be safely consigned to the bin.


My own lament is simple: Why, in Heaven?s name, didn?t we have the courage of our forebears and bestow on our country what is rightfully hers ? sovereign independence.



Land reform finally tops the Holyrood agenda
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 3:09pm

By Andy Wightman

 

Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government?s legislative programme for the remainder of this Parliament. It contains a proposal for a new Land Reform Bill as well as a Succession Bill and a review of the Council Tax. Announcements of further proposals are expected in the consultation paper to be published next week.


After a decade of absence, it?s great to see the land question back on the political agenda. This is an important, substantial and meaningful set of proposals. Taken as a whole, they will hopefully shift the baseline of the debate ? that is to say the set of assumptions and norms that have too often been taken for granted and in which politicians have too often been reluctant to tackle.



BBC Scotland holds its breath on Holyrood accountability
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 2:42pm

PQ Insider considers what the Smith Commission might say about Scottish broadcasting

Here in BBC Scotland very close attention will be paid to Lord Smith?s report this week.

The rest of the world may be rightly concerned about the high politics, and the detail of fiscal and welfare devolution. Our news department and its hangers-on will be telling the story in their usual way. The audience will have no problem discerning the Labour line, plus whatever the SNP government spinners have told Brian Taylor.



Surreal Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2014 at 11:08am

By Derek Bateman


Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could be St Patrick?s Day. ?Happy? Of course we?re happy. We lost our independence and our living standards are going backwards but isn?t the party grand??


Makes you wonder just what we would be doing if we?d won the referendum? ?Cabinet members arrived for their first meeting dressed in assorted onesies. First Minister Sturgeon came in a panda outfit accompanied by the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band?The Cabinet sang Do They Know It?s Christmas before going into Bute House where they debagged Brian Taylor and threw his trousers on to the street. Reflecting off the windows were the flames of bonfires set by the mob in Charlotte Square gardens??



The legend of Gordon Brown
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Nov 2014 at 10:44am

Analysis by Maurice Smith


At the height of the independence campaign, as Gordon Brown paced the stage during his carefully-choreographed interventions, my attention was drawn to the faces of the party loyalists who had been co-opted into the act.


They sat behind him, dutifully holding their ?No Thanks? placards and seemingly engrossed while the Great Man burped and farted through a familiar litany of rhetorical threat and constitutional half-promise.


Each intervention was billed as a major one, of course. Here was the Saviour of the Union, called in at the 11th hour to seize Scotland back from the jaws of narrow nationalism.


A desperate Westminster establishment had projected the Bat-sign over Gotham,  and there was mighty Brownman ready to leap from his den in faraway Fife, where he took his rest from saving the world.




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Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.


Well, it burned while I cried, 'cos I heard it screaming out Smith's name, Sm...
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2014 at 10:29pm
To mark Bonfire Night last month, the people of Lewes in East Sussex decided to (and I quote) "bl...

Smithnicity
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2014 at 12:31pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...

First post-Smith telephone poll shows SNP remain firmly on course to become t...
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2014 at 6:32pm
The first telephone poll to have been conducted since the Smith recommendations were announced ha...

Do UKIP's threats to scupper the Smith package with an "Axis of EVEL" have th...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2014 at 8:02pm
UKIP's David Coburn, aka "the Pride of Scotland", renowned for brilliant insights such as his cla...

Early straw in the wind suggests SNP's support has remained rock solid in the...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2014 at 12:58am
It's still very early days, but it looks possible that the Labour wind-up merchant who graced us ...

What impact (if any) will the Smith report have on the SNP's enormous opinion...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2014 at 11:27am
Since it became clear in the immediate post-referendum period that the SNP had racked up a huge a...

Thoughts on Smith
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2014 at 5:16am
I'm in a mad rush at the moment, but I'll jot down my thoughts on the Smith recommendations as an...

Jackanory Jim's reaction when someone points out that it's going to be Decemb...
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2014 at 3:37pm

Hi, I'm Sarah Smith, and THIS is Murphy 2014.  Joining me tonight is Scottish Labour leader Jim.....



15% of British voters would prefer the SNP as a coalition partner at Westminster
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm
I overlooked a fascinating supplementary question in one of the two Britain-wide YouGov polls on ...


An incomplete list?
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2014 at 9:35pm

Perhaps to prove to myself that the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup weren't the only chances...

The National
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 7:40pm

As I'm sure everyone and his auntie knows by now, tomorrow (Monday) will see the launch of The Na...



SNP just 2% behind Liberal Democrats in Britain-wide Opinium poll
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 3:25pm

It's probably worth mentioning this poll individually, because I won't be able to make use of it ...



Heads I win, tails you're a Liberal Democrat
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 1:11am
There's a very curious article on Reuters, which has a perfectly sound basic premise (that the UK...

Is Rochester and Strood the most important by-election since Darlington 1983?
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2014 at 2:41pm

We've discussed this before, but by-election upsets are much more important when they happen just...



Scot Goes Pop fundraiser closes with £5937 raised
by James Kelly
19 Nov 2014 at 9:24am
I'm delighted (and slightly relieved!) to say that the second Scot Goes Pop fundraiser has finall...


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Autumn budget statement: Scottish Government handed £213million for vital pub...
by dailyrecord
3 Dec 2014 at 11:36am
GEORGE Osborne told the Scottish Government to "crack on" spending an extra £213million on the NH...


Video: Four SNP councillors suspended from party after setting fire to a copy...
by Andy Philip
3 Dec 2014 at 7:45am
THE councillors were exposed by the Daily Record after they were filmed taking part in the bizarr...


Scottish Government plans to invest £25m in charitable bonds could create hun...
by dailyrecord
3 Dec 2014 at 6:46am
SOCIAL Justice Secretary Alex Neil said the £25million pledge is the "type of fresh thinking" tha...


Video: Smith Commission report burning deemed a 'silly prank' as SNP trio are...
by Lindsey Archibald
3 Dec 2014 at 6:03am
FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would leave her party colleagues in no doubt of her view ...


Record View: Scots still have work to do if we want healthy lifestyle
by Record View
2 Dec 2014 at 3:30pm
The proportion of people adhering to the five-a-day message has barely shifted in a decade, says ...


Joan McAlpine: It's easier to list the powers Scotland won't get than the one...
by Joan McAlpine
2 Dec 2014 at 3:00pm
JOAN says that devolved health and welfare problems pulled back at the last hour are proof Westmi...


SNP trio carpeted by party chiefs for torching a copy of the Smith Commission...
by Andy Philip
2 Dec 2014 at 2:06pm
THE clip shows the three SNP councillors burning a copy of the report into plans to increase powe...


Edinburgh church mural places Nigel Farage with history's fascists, suggestin...
by Sarah Vesty
2 Dec 2014 at 11:30am
THE huge painting shows in order Adolf Hitler, Oswald Mosley, Nick Griffin and Nigel Farage, and ...


Gordon Brown 'nearly lost his eyesight' while serving as prime minister
by Sam Adams
2 Dec 2014 at 2:20am
THE former Labour prime minister made the revelation as he announced he is giving up Westminster ...


Ministers accused of downplaying half a million serious or violent crimes to ...
by Amanda Keenan
2 Dec 2014 at 1:46am
OFFENCES including stalking, assaults and racism are not in the annual crime total of 270,000 whi...


Gordon Brown to leave behind politics, Westminster and London in favour of fa...
by Record Reporter
1 Dec 2014 at 1:48pm
THE former Prime Minister said he has no intention to return to front-line politics, but would an...


Patrick Harvie: Smith Commission devolution plans will leave No voters wonder...
by Patrick Harvie
1 Dec 2014 at 11:24am
PATRICK HARVIE gives his view that Labour brought a weak offering to devolution talks, and that a...


Former prime minister Gordon Brown expected to announce later he is standing ...
by Andy Philip
1 Dec 2014 at 5:55am
IT is understood that the 63-year-old will announce in a speech in his Kirkcaldy constituency ton...


Scottish Government urged to help working families by ensuring affordable chi...
by dailyrecord
1 Dec 2014 at 5:35am
A CITIZENS Advice Scotland report warned that high childcare bills are a "route to in-work povert...


New First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells companies they have ?nothing to fear...
by Amanda Keenan
1 Dec 2014 at 1:36am
SOME business leaders are concerned that as head of a resurgent ruling Scottish National party, S...


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EXCLUSIVE: The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
EXCLUSIVE:

The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown almost pressed the ...

Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm
Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on a series of improvem...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Anna...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:08pm
Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Annabel Goldie.


Annabel G...

Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to have been struck out o...

The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Nov 2014 at 5:49am
The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications for the real true st...

"Vooote for me! Vooote for me! 3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
"Vooote for me! Vooote for me!
3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."




The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 6:24am
The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire.

Who said devolution ...

Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists. Dictator Sturgeon'...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Nov 2014 at 5:15am
Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists.

Dictator Sturgeon's loyal troops claim...

In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Ale...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2014 at 4:13pm
In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Alexander, has challeng...

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTEND...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTENDING THE MATCH TONIGH...

EXCLUSIVE: Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP spills the (half baked) beans t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2014 at 1:49pm
EXCLUSIVE:
Scottish Labour's Neil Findlay MSP spills the (half baked) beans to BBC Scotlandshire'...

Both Sarah Boyack MSP and Neil Findlay MSP, the stalking-donkey contenders fo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Nov 2014 at 10:09am
Both Sarah Boyack MSP and Neil Findlay MSP, the stalking-donkey contenders for the Scottish Labou...

NATZ RALLY The Separatist Nationalist Party Conference will be on terrestria...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Nov 2014 at 4:49am
NATZ RALLY

The Separatist Nationalist Party Conference will be on terrestrial TV and online agai...

BREAKING NEWS New Scotlandshire Separatist Nationalist Party dictator and de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Nov 2014 at 4:28am
BREAKING NEWS

New Scotlandshire Separatist Nationalist Party dictator and deputy dictator electe...


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it's time to get above ourselves


A Tale of Two Referendums
by bellacaledonia
3 Dec 2014 at 8:43am
Lessons from Québec on the politics of nation and class. By Benoit Renaud. The Radical independen...


Spiders and Soor Plooms: The Fear Neuropolitics of Scotland?s Independence Re...
by bellacaledonia
3 Dec 2014 at 5:59am
By D.J. MacLennan @extravolution @evoscotland ?Project Fear?, ?the politics of fear?, ?blatant sc...


The National Newspaper
by bellacaledonia
3 Dec 2014 at 4:10am
By Alex Mooney The National emerged from the womb somewhat prematurely last week. At an emaciated...

From the Province of the Cat #34 ? Here?s Looking At You
by bellacaledonia
2 Dec 2014 at 10:15am
by George Gunn As we enter the final month of this extraordinary year for Scotland and head for t...


Remembering Bhopal 30 Years On
by bellacaledonia
2 Dec 2014 at 3:11am
A haibun (a fusion of haiku and prose) from Meaghan Delahunt for Bhopal.   early in Bhopal the si...


Can Lima be a Stepping Stone to a Climate Treaty?
by bellacaledonia
1 Dec 2014 at 5:04am
Two weeks of UN climate negotiations open in Lima today. The talks in Peru are intended to delive...


Smithy: the Phenomenon
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 4:10pm
By Mike Small The ICM polls out today clearly show that the public mood in Scotland far outstrips...

The Smith Commission and the Westminster Cartel
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 3:10pm
By John S Warren In order to understand the Smith Commission Report, the conventional wisdom is t...


For a Yes Alliance in May
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 3:01pm
By Gordon Morgan Peter Arnott?s very insightful post last Sunday highlighted the tension between ...

One Nation Onesie
by bellacaledonia
30 Nov 2014 at 2:38pm
Is this the perfect gift for your Better Together loved one at Christmas? The Union Jack Onesie b...


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Alistair Carmichael: Oil price shows No vote best for Scottish NHS - Telegrap...
2 Dec 2014 at 10:24am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alistair Carmichael: Oil price shows No vote best for Scottish NHS
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H...


#CameronMustGo viral on Twitter, outstrips Scottish independence #VoteYes - RT
3 Dec 2014 at 5:34am

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#CameronMustGo viral on Twitter, outstrips Scottish independence #VoteYes
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Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime' - Telegraph.co.uk
12 Nov 2014 at 4:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond says Scottish independence in 'my lifetime'
Telegraph.co.uk
Asked about...


Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence - Telegra...
14 Nov 2014 at 11:51am

Telegraph.co.uk

Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk...


Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen - NPR (blog)
10 Nov 2014 at 5:22am

NPR (blog)

Catalonia Votes For Independence; Spain Says It Won't Happen
NPR (blog)
But turnout was l...


Andy Murray wants to win back any fans lost by his public support for Scottis...
8 Nov 2014 at 4:37am

Scottish Daily Record

Andy Murray wants to win back any fans lost by his public support for Scotti...


Scottish independence: 28% against new referendum - Scotsman
17 Nov 2014 at 6:48am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 28% against new referendum
Scotsman
People were asked: ?When, if eve...


Looking beyond the Scottish referendum - OUPblog (blog)
3 Dec 2014 at 2:41am

stv.tv

Looking beyond the Scottish referendum
OUPblog (blog)
In British constitutional history, 2014...


Scotland's Oil Revenue Might Be £20 Billion Less Than The SNP Said It Would B...
3 Dec 2014 at 12:30pm

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Scotland's Oil Revenue Might Be £20 Billion Less Than The SNP Said It Would Be
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New Book Claims The Palace Staged The Queen's 'Accidental' Intervention In .....
1 Dec 2014 at 3:57am

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Iain Gray: Smith Agreement is no piecemeal package - Scotsman
3 Dec 2014 at 2:20pm

Scotsman

Iain Gray: Smith Agreement is no piecemeal package
Scotsman
The SNP participated fully in S...


'Slow progress' of Inverness prison criticised - Scotsman
3 Dec 2014 at 1:34pm

Scotsman

'Slow progress' of Inverness prison criticised
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Mary Scanlon, Conservative MSP for ...


MacNeil raises coastguard staffing at Westminster - SNP (press release)
3 Dec 2014 at 1:30pm

MacNeil raises coastguard staffing at Westminster
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In a debate today at Westmins...


We're doomed unless you choose me, says Scottish Labour deputy leadership ......
3 Dec 2014 at 1:09pm

We're doomed unless you choose me, says Scottish Labour deputy leadership ...
Herald Scotland
SCOTT...


Scotland's Oil Revenue Might Be £20 Billion Less Than The SNP Said It Would B...
3 Dec 2014 at 12:30pm

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Scotland's Oil Revenue Might Be £20 Billion Less Than The SNP Said It Would Be
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SNP suspends report-burning four - Evening Telegraph
3 Dec 2014 at 10:10am

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SNP suspends report-burning four
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First Minister and SNP leader N...


Sturgeon faces first test over SNP scheme to restrict land ownership - The Ti...
3 Dec 2014 at 9:57am

The Times (subscription)

Sturgeon faces first test over SNP scheme to restrict land ownership
The T...


Nicola Sturgeon condemns SNP councillors who set fire to copy of Smith ... - ...
3 Dec 2014 at 9:04am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon condemns SNP councillors who set fire to copy of Smith ...
Telegrap...


Smith Commission was topic of debate - The Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter
3 Dec 2014 at 11:09am

Smith Commission was topic of debate
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Jackie Baillie said t...


Question time moved onto Council Tax freeze. - The Dumbarton and Vale of Leve...
3 Dec 2014 at 11:09am

Question time moved onto Council Tax freeze.
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3 Dec 2014 at 2:41am

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In British constitutional history, 20...


Alex Salmond says 'I'll demand ANOTHER Scottish referendum' - Daily Mail
13 Nov 2014 at 4:54am

Daily Mail

Alex Salmond says 'I'll demand ANOTHER Scottish referendum'
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'For us all in pol...


Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 5:40am

Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum
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Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - Reuters UK
7 Nov 2014 at 8:19am

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Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
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As soon as the refere...


Lessons from Quebec on avoiding another Scottish referendum - The Conversatio...
29 Nov 2014 at 2:00am

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Lessons from Quebec on avoiding another Scottish referendum
The Conversation UK...


SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum - Huffington Post UK
23 Nov 2014 at 3:59am

SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum
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The SNP must stop manoeuv...


Gordon Brown says Scottish politics should be 'reset' after referendum - stv.tv
29 Nov 2014 at 5:51am

Gordon Brown says Scottish politics should be 'reset' after referendum
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Former prime minister...


Independence referendum: A quarter of Scots NEVER want another poll on ... - ...
16 Nov 2014 at 4:09pm

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Independence referendum: A quarter of Scots NEVER want another poll on ...
Sc...


Gordon Brown to 'reset' Scottish politics after referendum campaign - stv.tv
28 Nov 2014 at 6:10pm

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Gordon Brown to 'reset' Scottish politics after referendum campaign
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The debate about S...


#CameronMustGo Wins More Twitter Mentions Than Scottish Referendum 'Yes ... -...
3 Dec 2014 at 10:03am

#CameronMustGo Wins More Twitter Mentions Than Scottish Referendum 'Yes ...
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Hogmanay
3 Dec 2014 at 12:55pm
What's better for a tourist? Edinburgh or god's city, Glasgow?

Budget
3 Dec 2014 at 7:47am

Interesting stuff in there.

 

Some tax cuts for Oil and Gas, someone with more industry knowledge...



Mary Whitehouse Would Be Proud
3 Dec 2014 at 2:19am
**Subject warning**, but if you are offended, you probably are pleased of elected officials spend...

David Phelps
2 Dec 2014 at 7:03pm

David Phelps came to my church last night for a concert.

 



Your Most Hated Man
2 Dec 2014 at 4:55pm
Surely we we love each other ?

Snp Councillors Burning The Smith Report
2 Dec 2014 at 4:14pm

Some serious bed wetting going on about this.

 

If I had a match and a pile of them I'd do it mys...



Serial Podcast
2 Dec 2014 at 4:07pm
Anyone else following this? Set in Baltimore and very interesting. Won't put any more information...

£168 For Tickets To Endure Talentless Karaoke Mince?!?!
2 Dec 2014 at 11:02am

Has the SFA taken over management of One Dimension?

 

The ONLY way I would only be interested in ...



Had Enough - How Do I Stop Coughing
2 Dec 2014 at 10:13am

as the title says

 

How do I stop coughing?

 

I've had it for over a week now been through the sn...



Turner Prize
1 Dec 2014 at 4:27pm
Another winner from Glasgow School of Art

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30281175


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SNP suspends councillors over burning of Smith commission report
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
3 Dec 2014 at 8:21am
Nicola Sturgeon says Renfrewshire councillors? ?unacceptable? actions fall short of high standards expected by the public

The Scottish National party (SNP) councillors who filmed themselves burning ...



Scottish Labour leadership ? put your questions to the candidates
by Libby Brooks and Claire Phipps
3 Dec 2014 at 5:45am

Next week, the Scottish Labour party will choose a new leader: Jim Murphy, Sarah Boyack or Neil Findlay. On Thursday 4 December, at 12.30pm GMT, the three candidates will be here for an online hust...



No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain | ...
by George Monbiot
3 Dec 2014 at 1:00am
Scotland is breaking the cover-up that stifles our political thought. Bring the Highland Spring south

Bring out the violins. The land reform programme announced last week by the Scottish government ...



Parties should not be brands, Brown says as he prepares to quit as MP
by Libby Brooks and Rowena Mason
1 Dec 2014 at 5:01pm
Ex-prime minister rules out taking seat in Lords and pledges to renew his commitment to the ?moral purpose of public service?

Gordon Brown has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next...



Scottish blogs: what next for alternative media post-referendum?
by Aisha Gani
1 Dec 2014 at 5:57am

Citizens journalists came to the fore during the Scottish independence campaign ? we take a look at the direction blogs have taken since the vote

? Scotland?s National newspaper is here to stay

? The...



David Cameron has sold Scotland down the river | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Nov 2014 at 8:04pm
The Smith report confirms little ? other than that Tory leader is the undoubted politician of the year

In the Scottish higher modern studies exam paper for the class of 2025, I would not be surprise...



Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
28 Nov 2014 at 10:54am
Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

Proposals for Scotland to have greater independence over billions of pounds w...




David Cameron vows to slash migrants' benefits ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Tom Clark and produced by Phil Maynard
28 Nov 2014 at 9:30am
James Ball, Alan Travis and Polly Toynbee join Tom Clark to discuss David Cameron's major speech on immigration and the welfare state. Plus: Severin Carrell looks at new proposals for post-referend...

Ten things we learned this week
by Aisha Gani
28 Nov 2014 at 9:27am

From Black Friday mayhem to bum-breathing turtles facing extinction, here is a round-up of the week?s news

Continue reading...


Steve Bell on Scottish politics ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
27 Nov 2014 at 4:44pm
Continue reading...

David Cameron reignites English votes row as Scotland gets new tax powers
by Severin Carrell and Nicholas Watt
27 Nov 2014 at 2:44pm
Prime minister wants to bar Scots MPs from parts of budget vote, as Labour is accused of being ?duped? by Tories

David Cameron is risking a fresh constitutional clash with Labour and the Liberal Dem...



The SNP?s negative response to Smith could set it adrift from Scottish people...
by Martin Kettle
27 Nov 2014 at 2:15pm
The report on Scotland speaks for the 75% who want more devolution. It may shift the political centre of gravity

Lord Smith?s commission was set up by David Cameron to consider the devolution of fur...



Scotland faces confusion on the slippery slope to formal separation
by David Torrance
27 Nov 2014 at 1:22pm
The Scottish government has to keep the process alive. Hence Nicola Sturgeon?s description of the Smith commission report as an ?opening offer?

It all started with a ?vow?. Although nationalist car...



Alex Salmond presses the right buttons; Theresa May can?t
by John Crace
27 Nov 2014 at 12:29pm
Home secretary discovers that if there?s one thing guaranteed to make a poor joke worse, it?s a major technology fail

?Let?s hope your finger is never on the nuclear button,? Alex Salmond said genia...



Andrew Mitchell loses plebgate libel case ? live coverage
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Nov 2014 at 11:54am

Judge gives decision in former chief whip Andrew Mitchell?s libel trial against News Group Newspapers, publisher of the Sun, over what MP allegedly said at gates of Downing Street in 2012

Smith Comm...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

The Authentic Voice of Britain /
3 Dec 2014 at 2:48pm
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Man caught with drugs in Paisley after walking into lamp post
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Autumn Statement: Chancellor to establish sovereign wealth fund for the North...
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T in the Park 2015
3 Dec 2014 at 11:20am

Hey guys,

Anyone planning T this year? I fancy it but have never been before. Can anyone with experience say if they sell out quickly or not? I think it's the morning of the 5th of December the mai...



Stamp Duty revamp blow to SNP property tax reforms
3 Dec 2014 at 11:17am
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ARTICLE: The Smith Commission 'burning' has demonstrated the worst of Scottis...
3 Dec 2014 at 10:56am
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Poll: Would you like to see another independence referendum?
3 Dec 2014 at 9:04am
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Dundee first city to get vegetable vending machine
3 Dec 2014 at 4:19am
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No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain | ...
3 Dec 2014 at 4:10am
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Poll finds majority want Holyrood to control all taxes and benefits
3 Dec 2014 at 1:50am
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Patrick Harvie: Smith Commission devolution plans will leave No voters wonder...
2 Dec 2014 at 3:07am
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SNP Councillors burn Smith Commission Report
2 Dec 2014 at 7:56pm
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Looking for some festive help!!
2 Dec 2014 at 4:40pm

So hopefully this post is okay in here, and hoping the Christmas cheer extends to not deleting it if not. I'm just hoping my fellow Scottish redditors can help me out.

Basically I'm trying really h...



SSP councillor "Prison should only be reserved for the most serious of women ...
2 Dec 2014 at 3:27pm
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Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...

De-pressing depression: a personal reflection
by Malc
31 Oct 2014 at 4:48am
A brave and very personal guest post from Malc Harvey, one of the original founding team of this blog. Thanks Malc! Taking a leaf out of the book of John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furn...

There is only one coherent solution to Scottish Labour?s problems
by James
27 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Prior to Johann Lamont’s doomed leadership, there was no leader of Scottish Labour, just a Leader Of Labour In the Scottish Parliament, a mere LOLITSP. Iain Gray, a much better politician than he e...


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iScot launches today
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2014 at 9:34am
A new digital magazine and video news platform has launched today, iScot is open for business. iScot is an independent news service which aims to hold the establishment to account and to promote Sc...

Resetting Gordie Broon
by weegingerdug
1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...

Eyewash and plastic spades
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...

Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...

The Scots tung
by weegingerdug
21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...

Portillo moments on steroids
by weegingerdug
17 Nov 2014 at 6:52pm
So that’s it then, the end of an era. Alicsammin has bowed out as leader of the SNP. But it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him, he’s going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Westminster parties f...

Still a reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
15 Nov 2014 at 5:22am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Well we?re eight weeks on from the vote and the world hasn?t come to a crashing halt. The sky isn?t raining blood. Sulphrous pits haven?t opened under our hom...

The oncoming train
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2014 at 6:53pm
According to the Herald, Jim Murphy has promised that if he wins the election for manager of Labour’s Scottish dead meat counter he’s going to wrest power back from the London office. What he reall...

I want my devo max
by weegingerdug
9 Nov 2014 at 3:14pm
So where’s my devo max then? Like most people in Scotland who have been following political developments over the past few years – which is most people in Scotland – I fancy I have quite a good ide...

Up in smoke
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2014 at 5:52am
It’s only after you break a bad habit that you realise just how bad it was for you. Like giving up smoking or voting Labour in Scotland. That’s been a vicious addiction that hundreds of thousands h...


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